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What is the keyboard shortcut to access the first result in a Google search page?

Any "hacks" would be fine, as long as it does not require the mouse.

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Assuming you mean the first search result, this is already built in to Google!

Notice there is already a little ▶ arrow will next to the first search result. Turns out pressing enter after your search will navigate to that first search result automatically – note that you may need to press tab first to set the focus to it.

If you don't want the first search result, press again to move the arrow ▶ to the next result, etc, until you get the one you want.

Then press enter to navigate to the search result with the ▶ arrow.

Additionally:

  • pressing ctrl+enter opens the search result in a new tab.

  • pressing shift+enter opens the search result in a new browser window.

  • pressing shows a screenshot for the given search result.

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This is a fairly new change and was rolled out with Google Instant Search in September 2010.

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This only works with enabled Google Instant though. –  poke Jun 5 '11 at 15:13
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@poke fair point but isn't that the default mode for Google these days? –  Jeff Atwood Jun 5 '11 at 15:14
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I have it disabled because it annoys me :/ –  poke Jun 5 '11 at 15:15
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I have Google Instant on, but don't see any trace of this feature. Should it still be there? (Using latest Chrome on a Mac.) –  Jonik Dec 14 '11 at 22:55
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@Jonik In Windows 7, I have to press Tab first, then Enter - see separate answer –  Dunc Nov 2 '12 at 9:29
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I quite like http://keyboardr.com/. It's a keyboard(!) based search tool based on Google's search and everything is accessible by keyboard.

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that's a powerful link –  Pacerier Jun 7 '11 at 5:27
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Maybe something like Pentadactyl/Vimperator (Firefox) or Vimium (Chrome) plugins is something for you?

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When typing with suggest, down arrow to select a query and right arrow to select I'm feeling lucky option.

Shortcuts for when you're typing in the search box:

  • enter will search for exactly what you typed in the search box.

  • tab will update the query you’ve typed to match the first prediction.

  • will highlight the next predicted query and show new results.

  • then enter will search for the highlighted prediction and points out focuses on the first result on the page.

  • then will take you to the webpage of your first result just like the "I’m Feeling Lucky" link.

http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?answer=191139

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